Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gypsy Glen

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

GYPSY GLEN (S3x32) 3C set John Bowie Dickson Dunedin 2

1- 8 All set, 1s cross RH while 2s+3s dance RH across ½ way, all set and 2s cross RH while 1s+3s dance RH across ½ way
9-16 1s petronella turn into centre, set, petronella turn and set and end facing 2nd corner pstns
17-24 1s dance Pass+Turn with 2nd corners ending with 1s advancing towards each other and turning right about to face 1st corner pstns, Pass+Turn with 1st corners ending with 1s advancing towards each other and turning right about to BtoB position (Lady facing up, Man down)
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across (Lady RSh to 3L and Man RSh to 2M to start) and 1s end passing LSh to 2nd places. 312

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Gypsy Glen is just south of Peebles, 22 miles due south of Edinburgh and would have provided a good stopping place for the cattle before the climb up the hill on the old drove road to Yarrow.

The drove road was a track along which cattle were moved from the Scottish Highlands to markets in England. Each drove would contain 100 to 1000 beasts and they and the drovers (often gypsy families) would travel 10 to 12 miles per day. Strangely (to us) the drove roads sometimes went over the tops of hills, rather than staying in the valleys; this was because good pasture was more important than avoiding steep hills.

Gypsy Glen Image
Descending Into Gypsy Glen

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